The goal is to make obesity free society- Journey of Dr Avinash Tank

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    Dr. Avinash Tank is a super-specialist (MCh) Laparoscopic obesity & Gastrointestinal Surgeon, who has in-depth knowledge of disease of digestive organ and their treatment. He has been trained at the most prestigious center of the country (SGPGIMS) & abroad as well (Japan & South Korea). He is the recipient of many prestigious awards at various international and national conferences.

    He is having experience of more than a decade & more than a thousand surgeries to treat all surgical disease like Obesity, Stone & Cancer of Liver, Gall-bladder, & Gastro-intestinal organs by laparoscopic approach (Key Hole Surgery) & open approach. Being an active member of prestigious International Surgical Societies, he remains updated on advances in treatment and has delivered international quality results for his patients at home.

    Background

    Dr. Avinash Tank belongs to a family of administrators where his father is retired RAS i.e., Rajasthan Administrative Services, brother is IPS, and his elder brother was working in Intelligence Bureau Department. The family wanted Mr. Avinash to become a doctor to serve the society. There was no one in the family prior to him who was a doctor. So basically, Dr. Avinash had no guidance on how to become a doctor.

    His idea was to become a cardiac surgeon. Then become a doctor in medical college because he loves to teach and train the people. This was his basic dream in the initial days. During the training of MS (Mastery of surgery), Dr. Avinash decided to take an extra degree, additional training, upgrade his skills and achieve an extra milestone.

    Dr Avinash Tank met Dr. Mathur who was very motivating and became his mentor during mastery of surgery training. He taught Gastro surgery beyond the syllabus or curriculum and that gave Dr. Avinash Tank an encouragement and ignition to go and study further. Also, one of his seniors who was working at SGPGI encouraged him to pursue higher studies.

    Most of the education of Dr Avinash Tank was in Jaipur and Ajmer cities of Rajasthan. He completed his Ph.D.(equivalent degree MCh) from SGPGIMS, Lucknow which is one of the best institutes and more valued institutes in India. Dr. Avinash says he got specialization in SGPGIMS which was not possible in any institute in India. Moreover, under the training exchange programme with Japanese Govt., the faculty got exposure to Japan. Even Dr. Avinash got a fellowship and exclusive training in Japan.

    Vision & Service to the Society

    We are serving the society through – consultancy services and endoscopic surgery & laparoscopic surgery.

    Our target audiences are – anyone having obesity or gastro/gastric problems or cancer of intestine or Liver.

    The goal is to make obesity free society. Dr. Avinash wants to serve every corner of society and make them healthy. Dr. Avinash says, “Contact Us, Come To Us, Have A Talk With Us, Get Treated With Us”.

    Language, money and treatment cost is no barrier. We can find a way and all obesity-related problem can be sorted out. We would like to be a one-stop solution.

    “Even if you want to lose 5 kg weight or 100 kg weight; we have the solution. Not because I am a surgeon, I will do surgery, there are other alternatives too.”

    Dr Avinash Tank

    Work Culture

    Dr. Avinash Tank strongly believes in “Personalized Care and Develop Trust”.

    For being part of Dr. Avinash’s team, there are certain qualities. Sincerity, hard-working, good communication and patience with patients are the skills needed to work with him. Being productive is a must!

    Technological Support

    Dr. Avinash is partnering with a Company for implementing Customer Relationship Management (CRM). CRM will assign the employees task daily. They will do the task given. They will click on the number of tasks done daily. If they are not able to complete tasks that particular day, the software will remind the employees to complete the task the next day. This way, the software will make the employees self-educating, self-reminding and thus make them independent. Dr. Avinash will check only the outcome. The employees can call or meet Dr. Avinash and seek help if needed.

    Challenges

    According to Dr. Avinash –The most challenging part of the journey is – the trust levels are going down and down by some factors that are not in our hands.

    Firstly, it is the expectation level

    People undergoing treatment in private hospitals that put money for treatment have natural expectations that come to treat feel that once they undergo treatment and take the course, they will get healed, cured and treated 100% without any problem. This is a false expectation developed by society. There is a limitation to medical science too. Humans are like those electronic gadgets like a mobile, computer. They have a service age of 5-10 years. Initially, they are 100% efficient. But as the age or service factor comes into the picture, the efficiency goes down due to wear and tear. The same happens with humans also. Our fellow human beings should accept that our body has some problem and they don’t happen in one day. Chronic problems like diabetes and blood pressure don’t happen in one day. They come over years and years. They happen due to faulty lifestyle habits and faulty food habits. People don’t understand this problem in the beginning. They ignore minor signs in the beginning. They only go to the doctor for treatment when their body gets hurt and has lots of pains or till the pain becomes unbearable. They then expect that doctors should make them healthy and completely fit and completely free of disease which is not possible. The Doctor aims to optimize the medical problem. If some patient has a family history of a certain problem, they should get checked regularly. They should go for a walk. They should check on their food and diet habits.

    Second, the challenge is privatization

    If we can pay, we will get. This is wrong. We are emotionally serving society. We are emotionally attached to the patients. They are not products, they are our patients. In some cases, the results go beyond expectations like in some emergency cases, the patient dies. We face a lot of humiliation from the patient’s family. They compare with the cost of treatment. They beat doctors, destroy hospital infrastructure. This is a challenge for us. People are becoming educated and at the same time, even we are becoming more aware. We feel that we should have more communication with that patient.

    We expect that patients should tell us everything about themselves because in our philosophy –

    1. You came to me by your choice;
    2. You came with your disease. What medical problem your body has eg. You are diabetic, you are an asthma patient, you have a kidney problem. They are not curable. Also, when cancer or patients with other vulnerable disease come to us, at what stage you came to us. A lot depends on whether the patient is coming at the first stage or the last stage also impacts treatment;
    3. The financial status of the patient is a crucial factor. The same diagnosis has different levels of treatment and it depends on what the patient can afford;
    4. Your treatment depends on my skills. Therefore, the treatment outcomes depend upon four factors. My role is only 1/3rd or 1/4th. So, if a patient comes to me in early stages, I can assure you that I can cure you 95-100% depending upon the disease. But if you have some advanced disease or problems, it is not always possible to cure 100%.

    Third, People go to Google and try to find more details.

    It is a good initiative and it has created a lot of awareness among the people. But it has another side too, which has created myth also. The content available on Google is not always authentic. There are good and authentic websites but Google has come up with a business model. Non-authorized content is also published on Google. For layman, it is difficult, to verify whose content is ethical and authentic and whose content isn’t. This adds confusion. For eg. The patient searches about anxiety or headache and after going in-depth finds out that the reason may be cancer as well. So, s/he correlates her anxiety or headache with cancer which in the first place can be something more basic. Even this a challenge since it is a very difficult task to remove that fear from a patient’s mind who has preoccupied something which is not even there. They are keen to do some extra tests which we don’t generally allow them to take because they are unnecessary.

    Education

    • MBBS – Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer, 1997
    • MS – General Surgery – Sawai Mansingh Medical College, Jaipur (SMS College), 2002
    • MCh – Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery – SGPGIMS(Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences) Lucknow, India
    • Liver Transplantation fellowship: SEOUL, South Korea
    • Advanced Pancreatic surgery fellowship, Nagoya, Japan
    • Bariatric Surgery fellowship- FALS-IAGES, India

    Awards and Recognitions

    • United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF) Council has awarded International Scholarship to attend 16th United European gastroenterology week on October 2008 at Vienna, Austria.
    • Research Award by various societies for presentation of clinical research.
      • Japan Surgical Society (JSS) 2010, Nagoya, Japan
      • Gastro 2009 / UEGW, London
      • European Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (EHPBA) 2009, Athens, Greece
      • World Congress of Gastrointestinal Cancer (WCGC) 2009, Barcelona, Spain
      • IHPBA, Indian Chapter 2009, Banglore, India

    Associated with Hospitals:

    • Dwarika Clinic (Liver-Gastro; Cancer; Obesity)
    • Shalby Hospital
    • Asian Bariatric Hospital

    Experience

    • 2017 – 2019 Gastro-Obesity Surgeon at Dwarika Clinic (Liver-Gastro; Cancer; Obesity)
    • 2010 – 2017 Gastro-Obesity Surgeon at Shalby Hospital
    • 2009 – 2010 Obesity Surgeon at Asian Bariatric Hospital

    Memberships

    • IFSO
    • OSSI
    • Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeon
    • Indian Association of Gastro-Endoscopic Surgeon
    • Association of Surgeon of India (ASI)
    • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)
    • Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology (IASG)
    • Asia Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (A-HPBA)
    • The Society for Surgery of Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
    • Indian Society of Gastroenterology (ISG)
    • International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology (ISGIO)
    • European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESDO)

    Work-life balance

    I wanted to become a cardiac surgeon but when I saw the lifestyle of my colleagues during my training in SMS medical college, I saw them working for 48 hours/72 hours. They didn’t go to hostels; they ate food in hospitals itself. Sometimes, I was really scared and questioned myself that will I sustain this kind of life?

    I have different views and I have a non-medico wife, because when I am focused on my professional work, at the same time my wife can take care of the house. I have an educated wife so I am able to manage things easily.

    These days, sometimes I have to work for more than 24-48 hours, many times I come late night to home and life is no more different than the cardiac surgeon. And even my wife is not from a medical background she is so supportive where if I have to go at midnight she understands the situation and helps me to manage those situations too.

    I try to stay and give maximum time on Saturday and Sunday. I am fond of reading the books so I do read motivational & autobiography books.

    To become more social with society, I have joined Rotary Club and I am an active member as well as I am a BNI member.

    Ideal Motivators

    This credit goes to my school teachers and family members they have shown the confidence in me. When I went to SGPGIMS, Lucknow for super specialty training at that time, being a youngest in my family, it was the first time I travel alone and stayed away from the family. Family members have given a lot of courage every time.

    We should be happy with our hearts. It will always give me happy when I see a smile on the patient’s face. We as a doctor are skilled to deliver the emergency treatment when patient going to die.

    I personally take work satisfaction on priority.

    Message to the New & Young Entrepreneurs

    We should believe & trust in ourselves & skills we have. It will take time to put our work in society. We should be optimistic. No one can achieve 100% and as a doctor, we are much emotional. We should be bold enough to give awareness about various diseases to society so that they can solve health-related problems before they become more critical.

    About Dwarika Clinic

    Dwarika Clinic provides complete solution for Weight loss, Bariatric Surgery and all gastro related problems like Obesity, Stones in Gall-bladder/Liver, Cancer of Gastro organs like Liver, Pancreas, Esophagus, Stomach, Intestines, Colon & Rectum.

    Major Treatments

    • Obesity Surgery
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Diabetic surgery
    • Cancer Surgery
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Liver & Pancreas Surgery

    Contact & Follow Dwarika Clinic:

    Hospital NameDwarika Clinic
    HeadquarterAhmedabad, India
    Sector/IndustryHealthcare
    FoundersDr Avinash Tank
    Contact Detail Phone+91 88660 20505
    Email[email protected]
    Webwww.dravinashtank.in
    Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/avinash.k.tank
    Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/dwarikaclinic/
    Bloghttps://medium.com/@dravitank

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